Some common effects of drugs are temporary and long-lasting health effects. Temporary health effects of drugs to deal with how the drug affects the body.
The term side effect is used to describe any short or long term change in a patient’s body function.
Some short term effects of drugs are edema (swelling) of the legs, lungs, kidneys, and heart. Drugs that change the chemistry of the blood (blood clots) can cause long term damage to organs over time.
Drugs that change the brain chemistry (dizziness, confusion, or impaired judgment) can also have long term health effects.
For example, the simple injection of certain drugs directly into the blood has a very immediate effect, while prolonged consumption has a slow initial effect and then a gradual longer lasting effect.
Damage to the liver can be caused by long term use of certain hormones, as well.
Other long term effects of drugs include brain disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Both of these conditions are the result of the death and destruction of brain cells and tissues, which are ultimately fatal.
Other drugs that affect the brain directly include antidepressants (e.g., clomipramine), tricyclics (tricyclic antidepressants), and antipsychotic (e.g., olanzapine) medicines.
Additionally, some antibiotics, antihistamines (antihistamines), and sedatives (e.g., nitrous oxide) can have harmful effects on the brain, as well.
While most people only consider immediate effects of drugs on the body, they actually have lasting effects on the brain cells and behavior.
Drugs with effects on the brain can eventually lead to a number of mental illnesses, such as depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, and hallucinations.
In the case of depression, those with an underlying brain disorder will be predisposed to becoming depressed.
Those who abuse drugs may also experience long-term changes in mental health, including paranoia, mania, and hypochondria.
There are many different ways how drugs can affect the mind and the body, as well as long-term effects of drug abuse. Long term effects of drug abuse include severe physical and mental health problems.
Chronic pain and illnesses such as AIDS and cancer are among the most common complications of drug abuse.
There are a number of deaths each year from diseases related to drug abuse; however, there are fewer deaths from deaths directly resulting from drug abuse.
Drug overdose can result in respiratory failure, coma, or even death. Abusing drugs in any form can be compared to driving drunk; both can be deadly, although one does not die immediately when dying from a DUI accident.
The reward system in the brain is where behavior is controlled. This area of the brain controls things such as how we feel emotionally, how we behave physically, and how we decide on a course of action.
It also coordinates our use of sensory modalities, such as hearing and sight. When there is any reward associated with that action, it is thought to increase the pleasure that we derive from that action.
However, if there is any reward at all, it is considered a bad thing – when the brain senses that the reward will be depleted if we do not continue to perform the action that caused us to be rewarded, then it will withhold the reward.
This is how the link between drug abuse and the reward system comes about.
As, well as the physical health problems described above, drug abuse can also lead to a loss of creativity and a decline in one’s ability to learn.
Those suffering from drug abuse often show signs of depression, mental confusion, and decreased abilities in learning and memory.
This is coupled with feelings of irritability, social ineptitude, anger, and possibly even violent behavior.
While all of these effects of drugs on the body are extremely unpleasant, the psychological effects can have far more profound effects, leading to a number of potentially serious social problems.
For this reason, those who abuse drugs often have emotional issues that go along with their physical debilitation. They may experience insomnia, anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.
They may become frustrated and exhausted because they have lost the ability to function normally on a daily basis. If they are addicted to drugs, they will also be unable to care for themselves and are likely to fall into financial distress.
These issues become compounded by the fact that most addicts, especially young people under 25, do not understand why they behave the way they do and feel guilty about it.
It is important to understand the long-term physical and psychological consequences of drug abuse, but also to address the psychological ramifications so that we can better take steps to prevent drug abuse in the first place.